Our People

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata! He tāngata! He tāngata!
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people! 
With more than 400 employees and growing, UniServices is a diverse company with staff across Aotearoa New Zealand working in many different fields.
Meet some of our senior people.


Research Advancement

Business Development and Strategic Growth

Rebecca Adams

Director, Government Relations

Rebecca (Ngāi Tahu) has been with UniServices since 2016 and is based in Wellington to connect researchers with government agencies and other research entities. She has worked as a diplomat for the NZ Government and is involved in philanthropic work. Contact about: Research that might be relevant to government agencies.

Kelvin Keh

Director, Strategic Growth – Health

Kelvin has been with UniServices since 2008 and leads the health team initiatives. His background is in biotech. He lived and worked in Asia, North America and Europe before returning to New Zealand. Contact about: Pursuing public and private sector interests in health.

Analeise Murahidy

Director, Strategic Growth – Science, Engineering and Bioengineering

Analeise has been with UniServices since 2009. She has held contract management, operations and business development roles within the tertiary sector in the UK and New Zealand. Contact about: New research opportunities in areas relating to environment and cleantech; agriculture and food; digital tech and automation; and health technologies.

Dion Peita

Manutaki Whanaketanga Umanga Māori | Māori Business Development Director

Dion (Te Rārawa, Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Ngāti Tīpa) joined UniServices in September 2022. A former executive in the heritage industry, he has expertise in complex engagement with Māori. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Māori Development. Contact about: Vision Mātauranga; Te Tiriti relationships; Māori health, education, economy and innovation.

Pedro van der Ent

Business Development Director – Pacific, Creative Arts, Arts, Business, Law, Education

Pedro joined UniServices in August 2022. Of Samoan and Dutch descent, he holds an MBA and has 20+ years in business management, sales and client relationships. Contact about: Funding opportunities in creative arts, arts, business, law, education and areas involving Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Region.